Toscana

Toscana

The rolling hills of Tuscany are dominated by Sangiovese, the diversity of expression from within this one vine is what makes the region so special; at the top of the pile is Brunello (Montalcino), only just below are the wines of Montepulciano (Vino Nobile) and Chianti Classico, whose new ‘Selezione’ classification is especially interesting.

The coastal areas are dominated by cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot.  Bolgheri is recognized as world class thanks to excellent work at Tenuta San Guido and Ornellaia. 

It is a fascinating time and world class wines are emerging from totally unheard of regions, Val di Cornia, Montescudaio are worth keeping an eye on.  There is an overall rise in the quality of so many wines in Tuscany, the ones that are catching my imagination are high altitude Sangiovese wines, Vernaccia (without the addition of Sauvignon) and Pugnitello. 

 

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  1. Santa Vittoria. Poggio al Tempio 2013

    Elegant dark cherry and red berry fruit, cedar and tobacco with hints of truffle and leather, an unusually complex wine.  It just seems far better than it should be, if that makes any sense.


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  2. Santa Vittoria. Grechetto 2015

    The almond and intensity of Grechetto, which is finished with the mineral freshness of Incrocio Manzoni. 


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  3. Alessandro Tofanari. Vernaccia di San Gimignano 'Ciprea' 2013

    Lemon, fig, quince and honey entice, a firm grip of tannin – a wine packed with character, exactly how Vernaccia should be.


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  4. Sant'Agnese. Vermentino 'Kalendamaia' 2013

    Lovely freshness, rounded leesy fruit, concentrated herb, lavender, grapefruit and melon, and mouth cleaning minerality. Simply, a wine packed with vigour and fun.  


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  5. Sant'Agnese. Merlot 'Rubido' 2011

     Warming damson, truffle and mocha.  Absolute classic merlot powerhouse, bitter chocolate, ripe jammy fruit, unlike any merlot I have bought, there haven't been many, this one is unrestrained and joyous - the Hagrid of wines


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  6. Santa Vittoria. 'Conforta' 2014

    Grape, orange and lychee, honeyed and deep. In some ways quite a simple wine, but everything is right this year, to add more would be to reduce the joy of the wine. 80% Semillon, 20% Gewurztraminer. 


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  8. Le Miccine. Chianti Classico 2014

    The tannin is ripe and unobtrusive and the fruit ripe with plum and black cherry flavours.


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  9. Santa Vittoria. 'Leopoldo' 2011

    Pepper, capsicum and nutmeg, herb, spice, truffle and porcini loom large in this deeply flavoured wine.


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  10. Castell'in Villa. Chianti Classico 2012

    A powerful vintage that leans more to deep, dried fruit, smoke and spice than the floral elements found in cooler vintages.  In many ways this has a Brunello like structure and warmth.


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